Gift-giving has become a part of human interaction. It’s a way of bonding with your loved ones, and it helps strengthen each other’s relationships. It is an excellent way of showing someone that you appreciate them. Sometimes, we tend to cut down on spending and decide to opt-out of gift-giving. Although this may be practical, it isn’t the best solution if what we want is to strengthen our relationships with family and friends.
Giving a gift means taking a portion of your time to think about something you can give to a loved one or any person. But in this fast-paced life, we tend to do last minute gift shopping and grab the first thing that we see. Yes, it’s that thought that counts but it won’t hurt to take time to think about what that person really wants. It can’t be avoided that there awkward moments, especially when you receive a gift and have nothing to give in return.
Price for gifts. Should a gift be of the same value? When we receive expensive gifts, we somehow feel that we are obliged to give a gift of equal value. But remember, spending an excessive amount for gifts may give the receiver an uncomfortable vibe. It is of a really the thought that comes with the gift is meaningful. Honestly, if you have spent some time thinking of a gift, the price tag won’t matter.
Exchanging gifts. This is common, especially during the holidays, but it is not always mandatory. The true essence of giving gifts is not expecting something in return. However, if you choose always to return the favor, keep in hand an assorted ready-to-give gift. Perfect examples could be bath gels, ornaments, or chocolates.
Gifts in groups. Another dilemma we face is when we give a gift to a person in a group, should you consider giving gifts to others in the group as well? Generally, you only give gifts to those you are inclined to. In order to do this, you should give it privately to the person than in public.
Appreciate always. When receiving gifts, even if you don’t have something in return, show your appreciation by smiling and saying thank you. If you receive in other ways like via mail, call the sender to thank him or her.
Be straightforward. Although it’s good that you have gifts for everyone, it’s not always bad to admit if you’re unable to buy gifts for them. Be straightforward and acknowledge that you are cost-cutting or you just simply don’t have time to buy gifts for everyone. You can also give them simple gifts and just explain that you can’t buy extravagant gifts for now. It could also lessen the burden on the side of the receiver because of the expectations set by gift-giving holidays.
Prepare a token for the host. If you have been invited to someone’s home, always consider giving a token to the host to show some appreciation. This little gesture could strengthen bonds between you and the host.
Remember to stay true to yourself in gift-giving. You can only give what you can. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to impress other people with your gifts. After all, it’s the thought that counts!